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London’s calling, meet Alexandra Palace (Ally Pally)!

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Go Ape has landed at Alexandra Palace. This latest addition is our 31st UK site, and we think it’s going to be a corker (they do say your thirties are even happier than your twenties).

Our Tree Top Junior course is prepped and ready to go for the big launch on Saturday 18 March; the park’s centuries-old oaks will soon be ringing with the sound of chattering monkeys.

Ally Pally’s Tree Top Junior course brings that up to 19 across the UK – find out about the others here.

Ally Pally will also be the first site to feature our QuickJump Freefall activity, opening as part of our Tree Top Adventure course this summer.

And although we obviously consider ourselves Ally Pally’s star attraction, we’re really just the gem in an already impressively blinged-up crown.

Once you’ve finished swinging through the trees, you can while away the day in the onsite skate park, pitch and putt, Segway rally or year-round ice-rink. There’s also a boating lake and Farmers Market. And once you’re pooped out, you can stuff yourself silly in one of the cafés or grab a drink at the bar.

I know – we didn’t realise Ally Pally was such a hive of activity, either. Here are 4 other things you might not know about the iconic site:

  1. The Palace was opened in 1873 to celebrate Queen Victoria’s birthday. However, it was destroyed by fire just 16 days later. Let’s hope our shiny new course has better luck!
  2. It played a pretty important role in both World Wars. In WW1 the Bijou Theatre was used as a hospital for Belgian refugees, and the grounds as an internment camp for captured enemy soldiers. In WW2, although television broadcasts had been suspended, the BBC transmitters at Alexandra Palace were used in secret to jam the radio signals of German pilots.
  3. Outside of the war years, the Palace and its grounds have had lots of other surprising functions, including as a venue for the 1908 London Olympics, in which the Alexandra Palace Rifle Society went on to win gold, silver and bronze medals for the UK. The grounds also used to feature a popular horse racecourse, colloquially known as the ‘Frying Pan’.
  4. The Park has a whopping 196 acres to explore. We’ll pack our sensible shoes.
  5. Nowadays they host events to suit all personalities and penchants. Upcoming gigs include a festival of railway modelling, tattoo show, and the Maccabees farewell concert. Imagine what that would look like combined?

Amazing. See you there?Go-Ape-Tree-Top-Adventure-Family-Gift-Ideas

The park is within a 40-minute walk of 7 tube and railway stations, or if you’re saving all your energy for the course, the W3 bus drops you off at the Palm Court entrance and the 184 stops at Alexandra Palace Station. Easy peasy.
So, here’s to our new friend Ally Pally – we’re a match made in heaven.

Adventurous quotes to live by

Books that inspire adventure

“Live Life Adventurously” Go Ape

Now, those of you au fait with the Go Ape blog will know that we appreciate a good quote. In fact, we don’t just appreciate good quotes we LOVE them.

We love reading quotes that make us smile, make us laugh, or get us thinking. We love quotes that inspire us, or give us a fresh perspective on something. Oh, and we also love quotes that leave us reaching for the tissues…

We always want to share the love, passing on some of our favourite quotes in the hope that you’ll enjoy them, too!

The theme for this week’s post? Adventure! As you know, the Go Ape tribe are all about living life to its very fullest. It’s part of our motto: “creating adventures, encouraging others to live life more adventurously.” And so, we welcome any quote that helps inspire you to break free from that boring comfort zone, get out there, and start making memories that’ll last a lifetime!

Ready for adventure? You will be after reading these…
“If things seem under control, you’re just not going fast enough.” Mario Andretti
“You must go on adventures to find out where you truly belong.” Sue Fitzmaurice
“Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.” T. S. Eliot
“Instead of trying to make your life perfect, give yourself the freedom to make it an adventure and go ever upward.” Drew Houston
“Fill your life with adventure, not things. Have stories to tell, not stuff to show.” Anon.
“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the juAdventure is out theredgement that something else is more important than fear.” Ambrose Redmoon
“Life is either a great adventure or nothing.” Helen Keller
“It is never too late to be what you might have been.” George Eliot
“If happiness is the goal and it should be then adventure should be a top priority.” Richard Branson
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain
The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” Eleanor Roosevelt
“Live, travel, adventure, bless, and don’t be sorry.” Jack Kerouac
“If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.” Katharine Hepburn
“Always remember, it’s simply not an adventure worth telling if there aren’t any dragons.” Sarah Ban Breathnach.

…Do you now feel the fire in your belly? Have you suddenly developed a thirst for adventure? Stop putting your life on hold get out there and start living adventurously today! Why not kick things off by booking a Tree Top Adventure for you and your tribe?

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The forest floor is calling…

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What’s that?

Can you hear it?

It’s the forest floor…calling your name!

Think back to the last time you visited a forest what did you do? Did you hit some mountain bike trails with your buds? Did you build a den with your kids? Did you take a leisurely stroll through the trees, soaking up the sights, sounds and smells of your surroundings?

The forest is a fantastic place to be. Yes, we’re biased, but we love nothing more than to escape to a woody retreat. Forests are natural sanctuaries; they provide a peaceful place to take some time out from our hectic lives and just be.

Modern-day life moves fast, but we all need to slow down every once in a while. And there’s really no better place to take it easy than in the depths of the forest, where the air is clean and crisp and there isn’t an electric socket in sight!

So, now that we’ve sold a trip to the forest to you, here’s another suggestion: when you visit, why not explore the wonders of the woodland in a brand new way? Leave your bike at home, give your legs a rest, and instead hop aboard one of our all-terrain Segways!

The latest in green technology, our electric Segways will take you off the beaten track for an hour’s worth of exploration with your tribe. After a quick how-to from one of us, you’ll be free to roam and immerse yourself in the forest.Go Ape Segway Experience

You’ll find yourself navigating everything from simple, flat paths to more testing, rugged trials. You’ll skilfully weave yourself in and out of the tree trunks. You’ll climb hills and descend them. You’ll feel the crunch when you roll over bracken and twigs, and hear the slush when you roll through mud.

Now, if you’re a Segway newbie, it’ll take you a few minutes to get to grips with the machine. It could feel a little strange to begin with, but you’ll soon get into the swing or shall we say, roll? of things. You’ll quickly master the art of balance; and when we’re 100% certain that you have, we’ll send you on your way!

A Go Ape Forest Segway Experience costs just £35 and is available at select courses across the UK. Riders need to be at least 10 years old and a minimum of 7 stone. Make sure you wear flat, closed-toe shoes for your adventure, and be sure to pack some gloves if it’s chilly!

The forest is calling your name…come on down and cruise its floors!

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The Adventure Fund in action: apes versus wolves

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Here at Go Ape we’re all for celebrating adventure and stepping up to new challenges. So much so, that we offer an adventure fund for our staff that are looking to live life more adventurously. This year, one of our instructors at Go Ape Cannock, Rebekah Florence, decided to step up to the plate and take on not one, but TWO physical challenges. In part 1 of her story, Beki tells of her experiences with the Wolf Run 2016.

 

Here’s what she had to say:

“A few years ago, I remember seeing an obstacle race on TV and thought to myself I’d love to be able to do that, but quickly convinced myself I’d never be fit enough.

Since turning 30 last year, I decided I was fed up of feeling unfit and avoiding activities because of low confidence so found myself a great gym as well as taking the plunge to apply to join the Go Ape tribe.

The combination of my new levels of fitness, and working alongside some greatly supportive and adventurous people, my personal confidence grew buckets. Because of this, I have been getting involved in more and more activities that I never thought possible.

Fast forward to this autumn. My fitness is still a work-in-progress, but I decided to set myself a pretty big goal of participating in the Tough Mudder challenge next May.

As part of my preparation, I wanted to get to grips with an obstacle style event, and thanks to the amazing Adventure fund provided to Go Ape staff, I was able to participate alongside some friends in The Winter Wolf Run that was held at Stanford Hall, in Leicestershire.

The concept behind the Wolf Run was to re-create the feeling of running in natural terrain – a wild run that would allow people to experience natural, raw running conditions as far as possible whilst also presenting runners with a challenging, interesting and enjoyable event.” – Wolf Run, 2016.

Adventure awaits

wolf-run-go-ape-teamWhen we arrived, the temperature had taken a nice little dip to about 6°C which meant we were pretty cold before even starting.

In total there were 37 obstacles – both natural and man-made over a 10K distance. A lot of these obstacles involved water including a short underwater swim in the river, and a lake swim.

I have never felt cold like this, but was so proud to complete these obstacles as I have previously struggled with a fear of water.

The cold really battered our motivation and will, but I was determined to complete this challenge. Once we crossed that finish line, I felt an immense sense of pride and achievement (although it took longer to feel my fingers and toes again).

 

Although I still have a long way to go with my training for Tough Mudder, I really feel that this event has worked wonders for my grit and determination to push myself further – Beki Florence”

 

We’re looking forward to seeing how Beki progresses in her training over the next year or so. We may be biased, but we’re sure that Beki will release her inner Tarzan yet again and swing through it like a breeze. GO TEAM CANNOCK!

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